Saturday, February 4, 2012

Book Sale at The Makiki Community Library Honolulu

When I first moved to Hawaii in 1992, my timing coincided with the devastation of Hurricane Iniki. It was humbling to watch as locals, kama’aina, and malihini joined forces to demonstrate Hawaiian resiliency. For the first six months, I stayed at the Fernhurst YWCA on Wilder Ave. in Makiki. Whenever I had a few spare minutes, I roamed the area looking for interesting buildings and sights. I discovered an interesting library next to the Makiki District Park, The Makiki Community Library (MCL) and fell in love with its quaint atmosphere. 

Though the MCL is housed within a City and County parks building, it is not a city operation (nor is there any affiliation with the State Library System.) It is managed by the Friends of Makiki Community Library and functions as an independent non-profit group within the building.

Inside The Makiki Community Library

MCL accepts donations of books in good condition and holds fundraisers to cover some of the expenses for keeping the library open to the community as a recreational reading room and lending library. The mission of this library is to provide quality materials and programs that fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the Makiki community. 

The Makiki Community Library
in background of Park
The Friends of Makiki Community Library
will hold a
Used Book Sale
Saturday and Sunday,
February 11 and 12,
from Noon to 4 p.m.
Along with finding some great books for a terrific price,
you can help support your local library.

The Makiki Community Library is located in Makiki District Park at1527 Ke’eaumoku Street, just mauka of Lunalilo Freeway. There is a parking lot off Ke’eaumoku Street about half a block makai of Wilder Ave. Another smaller lot can be accessed from Makiki Street, just makai of the garden plots. Signs on Ke’eaumoku Street and Wilder Ave. list times that street parking is allowed.

Makaki Public Garden Plots

If you want to supplement your books-in-print collection at a price that you might expect to pay for an eBook through the Internet, stop in at The Makiki Community Library on Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12. If you see me there, be sure to say ALOHA!

Poinsettia at Makiki public gardens


  1. Wow, I wish I could come to the book sale and stay for a few months.
    I love libraries.

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  3. Good excuse to finally make that vacation trip to Hawaii, Susan!

  4. I live in Georgia (US), Honolulu is a little far. Is that Hawaiian language? those words like: Mauka and Makai? And what street is that library on? Key oh mow co?

  5. Oh, your photographs took me back to the year I lived with my first husband and four children in Laie (1975-76). It is SO beautiful there. I had thought at the time that I could live there forever. And I still think I could have!

    Makiki Community Library: I would love to walk on its polished floors - and pick up a book or two.
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

  6. Ann,
    They did a great job renovating the Makiki Library and the floors do shine!
    I just stopped over at your blog and saw your book "Imprisoned" is on sale at Kindle so I bought it. Can't wait to read it!

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